First Job out of school

  1. My first job out of school starts Wednesday as a RN in a LTC facility. I am a little nervous so would like to hear any advise from those of you that have been there?
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  3. by   Ahhphoey
    My only advice is to ask many questions and jot down notes if you need to. Also, don't let them screw you over about length of orientation. On my first LPN job at a LTC, I was only oriented for about one week. The day I was off orientation, I didn't even know it until two hours into the shift. I had decided to get started with the med pass while I waited for my preceptor. I had finished the med pass, and asked another nurse where my preceptor was and was told he's not here today. You didn't know you were on your own? NO! It took me a long time to get everything done, but luckily I had supporting co-workers and did just fine. But, I sure would not wish that situation on anybody else.
  4. by   Todd SPN
    Expect to feel overwhelmed. Get lots of sleep, pray before work and get to know the names of your NACs. They can make your life easier if they feel respected.
  5. by   Destinystar
    i can understand how u feel. it would be helpful to you if you reviewed the rn & lvn nurse practice act, the state regulations for ltc & obra as well as downloading any info. from your state nurses association to make sure you are practicing within your scope and to know why they do things the way they do in ltc. getting familiar with everyones roles is also helpful to. the most important thing is getting to know all of the residents, their families and their individual preferences. i would say that in about a month you will start to feel more comfortable. best wishes. ltc can always use more good nurses. why did u choose ltc over acute?? just curiouse.
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    my first job out of school starts wednesday as a rn in a ltc facility. i am a little nervous so would like to hear any advise from those of you that have been there?
  6. by   FrazzledRN
    Good luck to you....and don't get scared off....which is easy to do especially with some of the threads and posts that are listed lately. There ARE some good places out there and definitely always the need for good nurses. Getting to know your residents is half the battle, as well as caring for them for the human beings they are
    Utilize your resources...don't be afraid to ask for help and ask questions if you are unsure of anything!!
    Again, the best of luck to you!
  7. by   RNIAM
    I really don't have any advice as I don't start my job until July. I just wanted to wish you good luck.

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